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Moncrief leaving Ole Miss for pro football

Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief is calling it a career in Oxford. After a scheduled meeting with his family and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, the 6-foot-3, 226-pound Moncrief decided to enter his name in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. 

Moncrief said following Monday’s win in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl that the decision was going to be made this coming week and really be one decided between Freeze and his family. Here is his quote, released by Ole Miss, on his decision.

“After meeting with Coach Freeze and looking at all available information, my family and I have decided that I will declare for the draft,” Moncrief said. “I appreciate all the support I have received over the last three years from the fans, my coaches and teammates. I have had an awesome experience at Ole Miss and plan to support Rebel Nation until I die. At this time, I have to do what is best for my family and I, and I am ready to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL.”

“I appreciate Donte’s hard work, commitment and leadership for our program,” Freeze said in the same statement. “His outstanding play the last two seasons has been a big reason for the turnaround we have experienced and the two straight bowl victories. He is close to graduation, and I hope he reaches that goal. While we had hoped he might stay another year, we are excited about his future, and we look forward to seeing another Rebel shine on Sundays.”

Moncrief ends his career with 10 games where he eclipsed 100 yards. He finished with 156 catches for 2,371 yards and 20 touchdowns, numbers that rank third best in Ole Miss history.

Here is Moncrief’s final interview with the media where he talks about his decision to possibly jump to the NFL as well as how satisfying the win over Georgia Tech was for him and other members of his class.

 (January 5, 2014)

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